How to Keep Your Divorce From Becoming Even Worse

Divorce is hard enough. Don't make it worse by making the mistakes that couples before you have made way too often. If you are in need of a divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks that can be your objective guide during this emotional time, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 today for your free consultation. In an effort to make things a little easier for you, we have compiled a list of things you can try to do to keep your divorce from becoming even worse.

How to Keep Your Divorce From Becoming Even Worse


Be honest about your finances.

The hard, honest truth is that finances are a huge part of a divorce. Things run more smoothly when both parties are honest about their:

  • Monthly incomes
  • Monthly expenditures
  • Spending habits
  • Debt

Define your own priorities and avoid letting the advice from loved ones distract you.

Although your loved ones may be well-intentioned, divorce is emotional enough without getting distracted from what you really want and need. For example, if you a friend who's trying to advise you to get full custody of your children because they feel your spouse is unfit to have joint custody, keep in mind that your friend isn't getting divorced, you are. Do what's best for you and your children. The court rules in the best interest of the children regardless.

Change your estate plan documents.

Too often people forget to change their wills when they get divorced. Your assets should go to who you want them to go to, not a former spouse because you forgot to make the change. You have to be proactive and make the changes you feel are appropriate.

Avoid increasing marital debt on purpose.

You may feel like getting revenge on your soon to be former spouse and like racking up a ton of debt as your marriage is ending. You could be only hurting yourself in this situation because the court could show that you did this on purpose and make you pay it back all on your own, despite the fact you were married when you created the debt.

Compromise when possible.

Divorce is a two-way street and there is no reason to be selfish about every little factor. Learn to compromise when possible and get through this as quickly as possible with the least amount of "battling" you have to do. The point here is to move on with your life and to aim for the life that makes you happy post-divorce.


Hire a Divorce Attorney in Camden County You Can Count On


We understand that the issues of each divorce are unique, our attorneys are able to plot a course based on the individual needs of the client. Mindful of the effect a contested divorce can have on children, we recommend mediation and settlement as an option that can lessen the emotional impact. We are not afraid to stand up for the rights of our clients in the courtroom, but we believe that every option should be explored to find a solution for you. Even if you aren't sure you want to get divorced, but you want to know more about it in the event you decide to get divorced, we are here for you. Just call for your free consultation and we can discuss your options.


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